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Katherine Duncan and Sarann Knight Preddy

Identifier

OH-00499

Abstract

Oral history interview with Katherine Duncan and Sarann Knight Preddy conducted by Claytee D. White on November 11, 2004 for the Boyer Early Las Vegas Oral History Project. In this interview Katherine Duncan and Sarann Preddy speak about creating a black cultural/historical tour of Las Vegas, Nevada. Preddy also discusses buying the Moulin Rouge Hotel and Casino to preserve its history. Both women then talk about racism, segregation, and the involvement of African Americans in the history of Las Vegas.

Archival Collection

Photograph of Sarann Knight Preddy, 1979

Date

1979

Description

Portrait photograph of Sarann Knight Preddy.

Image

Sarann Knight Preddy, 1979

Level of Description

File

Archival Collection

North Las Vegas Library Photograph Collection on North Las Vegas, Nevada
To request this item in person:
Collection Number: PH-00277
Collection Name: North Las Vegas Library Photograph Collection on North Las Vegas, Nevada
Box/Folder: Folder 36

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Sarann Knight Preddy oral history interviews

Identifier

OH-01508

Abstract

Oral history interviews with Sarann Knight Preddy conducted by Claytee D. White on June 05, 1997 and March 11, 1998 for the Women's Research Institute of Nevada (WRIN) Las Vegas Women Oral History Project. Preddy begins her interview by discussing her upbringing in Oklahoma. Preddy then talks about moving to Las Vegas in 1942 and her first job at the Cotton Club. She then discusses moving to Hawthorne, Nevada, buying her club, the Lincoln Bar, and working for the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement Colored People (NAACP). Preddy also talks about gaining gaming licenses for her establishments and about the migration patterns of the African American community in Nevada. She describes the Westside community, education, and prejudice in Las Vegas, Nevada. Lastly, Preddy describes important places and people in the Las Vegas community.

Archival Collection

Sarann Knight Preddy with Senator Howard Cannon, 1979

Level of Description

File

Archival Collection

North Las Vegas Library Photograph Collection on North Las Vegas, Nevada
To request this item in person:
Collection Number: PH-00277
Collection Name: North Las Vegas Library Photograph Collection on North Las Vegas, Nevada
Box/Folder: Folder 36

Archival Component

Transcript of interview with Sarann Knight Preddy by Claytee D. White, June 5, 1997

Date

1997-06-05

Description

Interview with Sarann Knight Preddy conducted by Claytee D. White on June 5, 1997. Preddy moved to Hawthorne, Nevada, in the 1940s, becoming a business owner and president of the NAACP. Later she moved to Las Vegas, where she served as a community activist and worked as one of the first black 21-dealers.

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Sarann Knight Preddy, Elizabeth Warren, and Woodrow Wilson oral history interview

Identifier

OH-01951

Abstract

Oral history interview with Sarann Knight Preddy, Elizabeth Warren, and Woodrow Wilson conducted by Porter Troutman on July 19, 1977 for the Ralph Roske Oral History Project on Early Las Vegas. In this forum, Knight, Warren, and Wilson discuss the history of West Las Vegas, Nevada. Knight recalls arriving to Las Vegas in 1942 and describes the African American experience at that time. She talks about being the first woman of color to receive a gaming license, dealing cards, and the city ordinance which banned African American dealers. Wilson remembers the living conditions before federal housing and race restrictive covenants in housing. Then, Warren talks about the city's early years, the history of discrimination against African Americans in the city, and the significance of the railroad in Las Vegas. The group answers questions asked by audience members throughout the duration of the forum.

Archival Collection

Photograph of Sarann Knight Preddy and Senator Howard Cannon, 1979

Date

1979

Description

Sarran Knight Preddy, NAACP Vice President, with U.S. Senator Howard Cannon.

Image

Audio recording clip of interview with Sarann Knight Preddy by Claytee D. White, June 5, 1997

Date

1997-06-05

Description

Part of an interview with Sarann Knight Preddy conducted by Claytee D. White on June 5, 1997. Preddy recalls her pleasant residence in Hawthorne, the opening of the Moulin Rouge, and meeting entertainers as a keno dealer.

Sound

Transcript of interview with Katherine Duncan and Sarann Knight Preddy by Claytee D. White, November 28, 2004

Date

2004-11-28

Description

Interview with Katherine Duncan and Sarann Knight Preddy conducted by Claytee D. White on November 28, 2004. Duncan moved to Las Vegas in 1977, worked with Nevada Motion Picture Services, and owned a travel agency. She started a black heritage tour of Las Vegas.

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